Category Archives: Safety

Capacitive Pushbutton Sensor Switch and Indicator


Normal pushbuttons on a panel are usually a mechanical device. They can become “sticky” when too much dirt or oil is present. Capacitive push buttons do not have moving parts to stick, so the life expectancy is increased. Disinfectant sprays can be applied directly to a capacitive pushbutton and left to dry so it can be more effective for the safety of your operators.



Captron pushbutton sensor switches use capacitive sensing to detect when a hand or body part nears the device surface; built-in or stand-alone indicators provide multi-color signaling options. The robust IP69K design provides wear-free operation, plus resistance to water, oil, and harsh environments. These PNP NO DC-operated devices are available in 22mm, 50mm, and 60mm mounting diameters. Construction materials include plastic and stainless steel, aluminum, or polycarbonate. The corresponding 22mm LED signal indicator lights are also IP69K rated and have a 20mm diameter illuminated area; green, red, yellow, white, orange, and magenta signal colors are available.

We will be wiring a 22mm captron pushbutton to a click plc. Upon activating the sensor for half a second output on the click plc will turn on. The green LED on the captron will turn solid green. When the sensor is selected again, the output will turn off. The Green LED will then blink indicating that the output is off.
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ACC Automation 2019 Review

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It is a good time to be in the automation business. Technologies are merging and communicating like never before. What was impossible is now possible for the industrial plant floor. We are looking forward to the New Year and new possibilities for implementing your control solution.
Each year we like to take a few minutes and reflect on the past, current, and future of ACC Automation. You have helped us to build the site that you see today through questions, comments, and suggestions. Thank you.
2019 has been our best year yet thanks to you. Keep on Reading!

MOSAIC Safety Controller Emergency Stop

The MOSAIC Modular Safety Integrated Controller can be programmed for your safety control application. Steps to programming our MOSAIC include writing the program, verification, simulation, downloading and monitoring. We will be looking at the E-STOP instruction part of our program.

Our first program included writing, verifying, simulating and monitoring our MOSAIC Safety emergency stop switch and status indication. (feedback) We will now modify our E-STOP in our circuit and discuss redundancy, short circuit protection, and manual reset. Let’s get started. Continue Reading!

MOSAIC Safety Controller Documentation

The MOSAIC Modular Safety Integrated Controller can be programmed for your safety control application. Steps to programming our MOSAIC include writing the program, verification, simulation, downloading and monitoring. Documentation has been included in this controller software that will save you hundreds of hours.

Our first program included writing, verifying, simulating and monitoring our MOSAIC Safety emergency stop switch and status indication. We will now look at the reports and documentation that we can obtain by our Mosaic Safety Designer software (MSD). We will also look at ways that we can verify our existing program. Let’s get started. Continue Reading!

MOSAIC Safety Controller First Program Part 2

The MOSAIC Modular Safety Integrated Controller can be programmed for your safety control application. Steps to programming our MOSAIC include writing the program, verification, simulation, downloading and monitoring.

In part 1, we wrote, verified and simulated our program. Our first program has an emergency stop switch with status indication. We will now be using the MOSAIC Safety Designer software (MSD) to download and monitor our program. The wiring and indication lights on our MOSAIC M1 safety controller will also be discussed. Let’s get started. Continue Reading!

MOSAIC Safety Controller First Program Part 1

The MOSAIC Modular Safety Integrated Controller can be programmed for your safety control application. Steps to programming our MOSAIC include writing the program, verification, simulation, downloading and monitoring.

We will be using the MOSAIC Safety Designer software (MSD) to write, verify and simulate our program. Our first program will have an emergency stop switch with status indication. Let’s get started. Continue Reading!

MOSAIC Safety Controller Installing the Software (MSD)

The MOSAIC Safety Controller uses the MOSAIC Safety Designer Software to program and monitor your safety project. This MOSAIC Safety Designer Software (MSD) can be downloaded free of charge and includes a simulator. The latest MSD software is version 1.6.11.

Our free downloaded software contains the MSD software mentioned above as well as the MOSAIC Bus Configurator Software. We will be installing both of these software programs on our computer. Let’s get started. Continue Reading!

MOSAIC Safety Controller System Hardware

Safety controllers monitor over voltage / short circuit protection, redundant relays, and positive guided contacts to provide a level of fail-safe operation for applications. The modular MOSAIC safety controller is an expandable, cost-effective choice over standalone safety relays. Especially as the required number of relays/channels increases. It will also reduce the wiring of your safety circuits.

MOSAIC stands for MOdular SAfey Integrated Controller. We will be looking at the system hardware of the MOSAIC and un-boxing our unit. We will also apply power to the system. Let’s get started. Continue Reading!